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Paula Cronan

“Dream Machine” 2003 (installation)

Mixed media

I dreamt I was running on a beach, though the running felt more like gliding, due to my great strength and fluctuating gender. Naturally, I hit a patch of broken glass, fast, and a shard stabbed itself into my foot. I tried to keep running anyway, but the pain was sharp enough to bring me to a stop within a few steps. I needed to remove the obstacle, so I pinched at the edges of the glass and pulled out what had turned into a small key.


Paula Cronan is a painter, videographer, and installation artist from Philadelphia. Her work has been collected and exhibited nationwide. She is a former member of the San Francisco dyke punk bands Cypher in the Snow, Deathcard 13, and The Dodge Brothers. She currently lives in San Diego.

“Powering Up/Powering Down” is sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), and the UC San Diego Department of Music in connection with the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Literature at UCSD along with the UC Riverside and Los Angeles campuses.